New Yarns for AW16!
A new season brings exciting new yarn! Merion’s chosen some of her favourites for you to explore.
When the temperature begins to drop, knitters start to twitch. It’s the time we begin to dream of cosy cardies and sumptuous sweaters — we sigh over sleeves and we relish the challenge of knitting whole body sections of stocking stitch just to reach an impossibly beautiful neckline or complex cable.
Knitters in the northern hemisphere, that time has come! (If you’re in the south, you’ve just had a lovely winter of knitting and it’s time for you to be thrilled by crisp cotton and linens in zingy shades!) There are all kinds of exciting new yarns heading our way through the season — but I’ve picked a few from the new collections to share with you.
This stunning new aran yarn from Debbie Bliss uses wool from Falkland Island sheep, who graze happily in wild windy weather — their fleeces are strong, soft and have plenty of bounce, so the resulting yarn is gorgeous for knitting and crochet! I can’t wait to try this, and Debbie Bliss’ signature palette brings those classic colours to life.
Yarnies love Juniper Moon Farm yarns! We love these heady semi-solid shades in the Moonshine range, created in the way the dye is taken up by the blend of wool, alpaca and silk. It’s a worsted weight yarn, perfect for your worsted and aran weight patterns, and a dream for a special cowl to curl round your neck when the wind picks up.
Coop Knits Socks Yeah!
Don’t save it for just socks! It’s perfect for shawls and fine knits too. Never has a sock yarn been so squishy – you won’t believe it until you get your hands on it. Stunning shades include Sphene (104), above, and the delicately pink Ammolite (click through to see the shades here!), you’ll be in sock yarn paradise!
Sublime indeed! Lola is a deliciously super chunky merino wool that requires mighty 12mm needles! A fabulous choice for accessories and garments in a flash. This really caught my eye because it’s not often we see a really super chunky merino wool.
If you’ve not knitted with hemp, you’re in for a treat — it’s a fabulous fibre that brings a sheen and supple strength to cotton in this clever blend. It keeps its shape, and because of the way it drinks up dye, it won’t fade either. We still have some warmth left in the year — so a cardi made from Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy will be a grab-and-go staple long into October. The combination of fibres create a gentle semi-solid effect that brings shimmer and texture to over 30 shades.
I am a total yarn magpie — I couldn’t resist this delicious lightweight treat from Plymouth Yarns! There are times when you need warmth but not weight — and the technology behind this fantastic Italian-made yarn puffs the fibres to create a yarn that traps the warmth in, but is light as a feather to wear. Add to this delight, a palette of earthy Tuscan tones and a chainette construction and honestly, could you resist it? This companion pattern for a poncho will be me, in October, in the woods… mind you, I love this cowl too … in Denim Heather (11).
Get ready for cool weather knitters!
Last updated: September 16th, 2016.